Read on to find out which variant of the new 2020 Honda City 5th gen petrol offers the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the City 5th gen's petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Honda City 5th Gen with its competitors and other petrol C-segment sedans.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City 5th Gen Petrol?
The pros or advantages of City 5th Gen petrol 2020 are:
Biggest (longest and widest) car in the segment - long enough to be called a D-segment sedan
3 engine transmission combinations to choose from: petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual
Most powerful petrol engine with second-best power-to-weight ratio (the 4th gen City is still on sale and it’s number 1)
Improved torque delivery - now comes 300rpm sooner than before. It also gets a 6-speed transmission now.
Well-equipped base variant should suffice for most sedan buyers as it can compete with the top variants its rivals
Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS)
Here’s our 2020 Honda City Variant Breakdown video in Hindi if you prefer watching instead of reading:
What Is The Price Of New Honda City 2020?
The new Honda City is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. All three variants get petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual transmission options.
The petrol manual variants cost between Rs. 10.9 lakh and Rs. 13.14 lakh. The petrol automatic costs another Rs. 1.3 lakh. It starts at Rs. 12.2 lakh and goes up to Rs. 14.45 lakh. The diesel engine models of the Honda City 2020 cost Rs. 1.5 lakh more than comparable petrol manual variants.
As you can see, this is a very long list of features for a base variant. It clearly doesn’t look like a base variant and has enough to hang with the top variants of its rivals, which cost about the same. This is a great option and worth buying even if you were previously not interested in the Honda City. This is a great value offering too.
Now, let’s see if the higher variants justify their incremental asking price.
Is The VX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?
The VX variant of the new Honda City costs Rs. 12.26 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 13.76 lakh with the automatic. It’s Rs. 1.36 lakh more expensive than the V variant. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:
2 Curtain Airbags
7-inch full-colour instrument console
R16 Alloy Wheels
Rear Reading Lamps
Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob
This variant comes very close to justifying its asking price. Also, most of its features are good-to-have and may have a higher emotional value for some buyers. But, value-wise, this is the worst offering. It’s still worth considering if you want some of these features in your car.
Is The ZX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?
The Honda City ZX petrol costs Rs. 13.15 lakh (manual transmission) and Rs. 14.45 lakh (automatic). It’s about Rs. 90,000 more expensive than VX petrol. It gets the following additional features:
LED array Headlamps
LED cabin lights
LED Turn Indicators
Lane Watch Camera
Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof
LED Fog Lamps
Rear Windshield Curtain
Soft-touch Interior Elements
The top variant too mostly adds good-to-have features with high emotional value. This variant also doesn’t quite justify spending the additional sum. Since it has a higher ratio of functional features, this is a better option to consider than the VX variant. From a value perspective, though, the ZX variant is not worth buying.
Which Variant Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?
Let’s recap. The V variant of the new Honda City is so well equipped that it’ll suffice for most buyers. In fact, it may even meet the needs of buyers who are otherwise considering the higher variants of sedans like older City, Rapid, Vento or Ciaz. The V variant of the new City 2020 is the most value for money variant of the 5th gen Honda City 2020.
The VX variant is not worth upgrading from a value perspective. But, this variant is not too expensive either for the additional features and is worth considering. Most of its features are good-to-have and style-oriented. So, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in. The ZX variant also has some functional features, which most buyers will appreciate.
NEW HONDA CITY | RECOMMENDATION
Most value for money variant. Top recommended.
Gets mostly style and good-to-have features with high emotional/perceived value. Worth considering.
An expensive upgrade but it’s also worth considering due to high perceived value.
What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol?
The 5th gen Honda City has the same 1.5-litre normal petrol engine, which makes 121PS power and 145Nm of torque. This is the most powerful engine but it makes that power at a very high 6600rpm. Enthusiasts will enjoy revving this engine but for everyday driving, it can’t match the bottom end torque output of a turbo petrol engine like that of Verna, Vento and Rapid. However, for a normal petrol engine, it has the best torque output. More importantly, its torque now comes 300rpm sooner, which should further improve the everyday drivability. Its torque to weight ratio is among the worst at about 125Nm/tonne - on par with the Yaris and Verna 1.5 and worse than the Ciaz.
The new City petrol also gets a 6-speed manual transmission now, which can help improve the fuel efficiency on the highways.
The new City petrol has an acceptable mileage of 17.8kmpl with the manual and 18.4kmpl with the automatic. These numbers are 0.4kmpl better than the older 4th gen City.
What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?
The new City has acceptable performance and doesn’t impress with its petrol engine. But it has seriously impressive dimensions. It’s the longest and the widest car among its peers. In fact, it’s so long that it qualifies to be a D-segment sedan in our books as its longer than 4500mm. It’s actually longer than some of the older generations of D-segment sedans like Elantra fluidic, older Corolla Altis and Civic.
The 506-litre boot space is almost at the top of the list and its ground clearance is also acceptable at 165mm.
Where it leaves us wanting is with tyre size. It’s seriously under-tyred as even smaller cars like the Baleno get 195-section tyres. Thankfully, this is something that’s easy to upgrade and you can easily swap out 1 or even 2 sizes wider rubber for a better stance and grip.
Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team.